Teacher Mr Houghton successfully completed the Anglesey Sandman triathlon, which attracted around 700 competitors. The course which began and ended in Newborough Forest, was longer than traditional events with a 60km bike ride around the island rather than the traditional 40km distance. It started with a 1km swim in the sea and ended with a 10km run to the finish line up a sand dune.
Mr Houghton, who completed the event in three hours 25 minutes, said: ‘The weather was perfect with views over the bay. The 10k run was round the edge of the pine forest and the final part of the run was along the beach. It was a really good event with competitors of all abilities and activities like a hog roast and stalls to keep the supporters amused.’
This is the second time that Mr Houghton has taken part in a triathlon, having previously completed one in Lladudno in June. Although the triathlon season has now ended he will continue to train over winter and will race in Liverpool half marathon next March, prior to taking part in four further triathlons next year.
Mr Houghton said: ‘The numbers going in for triathlons is huge after the Olympics. The quickest person on the day was one of two GB triathletes that took part and they completed the course in about two and a half hours.’
‘I train in the mornings and it becomes part of your routine. Cycling and running are probably by far my best whereas I have always struggled with swimming, though I do like swimming in the sea rather than a pool. I have got a lot better at long distance stamina than short distances. I am no good over 100 metres but over 10km I am a little bit better. I was not too fussed about getting quick times this year I just want to get experience and will look at getting quicker next year.’
The Anglesey Sandman will be televised on Sky Sports 4 in a couple of week's time.